Jedd Beaudoin


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Billy Bloomquist performs under the name William Bloom. His most recent recording is Keys With No Teeth.

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The Wichita Symphony performs Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. with a program that includes a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets.

The performance features cosmic images projected on a screen above the orchestra. Maestro Daniel Hege stopped by the KMUW studios recently to discuss his own preparations for the weekend concerts.

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Brad Norman didn't intend to make a documentary about the favorite rock venue of his youth. But a conversation with a friend and some quick thinking led him on a five-year odyssey culminating in The Outhouse: The Film (1985-1997). The picture will screen Saturday, April 14, at The Orpheum Theatre. The Outhouse hosted a wide range of acts in its history including All, D.R.I., 7 Seconds, White Zombie, Fugazi and many other now-legendary bands.

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Wednesday, April 11

We’ll hear selections from Heathen, the 2002 release from David Bowie. The album reunited the late musician with longtime producer Tony Visconti, who oversaw many of his classic recordings. Also listen for music from Terminal Jive, the 1980 release by Sparks.

Thursday, April 12

We celebrate Day of Human Space Flight with selections from Devo, William Shatner, David Bowie, Muse and Hawkwind.

Friday, April 13

We mark Friday The 13th with selections from the Jeff Beck Group, Albert King, The Cure and more.

Saturday, April 14

Volunteer is the latest release from Old Crow Medicine Show. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Richmond Fontaine’s Don’t Skip Out On Me.

Monday, April 16

After the breakup of the Stray Cats, the band’s rhythm section, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker recruited former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick for a new project. Named Phantom, Rocker & Slick, the trio recorded two full-length albums between 1985 and 1986 before disbanding. We’ll hear from the first of those, 1985’s self-titled which features Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on one track. Also listen for music from Adrian Belew’s 1983 effort, Twang Bar King.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

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Musician Ryan Heinlein returns to Wichita this weekend with his band The Project H to celebrate the release of Everyday, Forever, the group's first album in four years.

The Project H performs at Central Standard Brewing on Saturday, April 7.

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Ghost Light is John McCutcheon's latest album, a record that covers a broad range of topics, from familial life ("She Just Dances") to the ghosts of our pasts ("Story of Abe"). There's also a run-through of current events ("The Machine") and an appreciation of the hidden faces (the title track). McCutcheon remains his engaging, warm self throughout, telling stories with the ease of one naturally gifted in the matter.

He performs at the Bartlett Arboretum on Saturday.

Julian Langston is a Wichita-based musician whose stylistic interests range from heavy metal to hip-hop and beyond.

“I’m originally a drummer. In the past six or seven years I’ve gotten into playing bass and guitar and doing vocals. Or, more so getting more comfortable displaying my vocals.

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Afro Jim celebrates the release of its EP Always Waiting at The Donut Whole on Saturday, March 30.

Jedd Beaudoin: Afro Jim is a trio. What are the challenges of working in that format?

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Detroit, Michigan band Against The Grain has spent the better part of the last decade building an audience.

The group's loud, melodic brand of rock has proven difficult to pigeonhole, which has been both an advantage and disadvantage at times.

With its latest album, "Cheated Death," Against The Grain hopes to finally capitalize on its hard work.

The band, including guitarist/vocalist Kyle Davis, performs at The Elbow Room on Thursday, March 29.